Francis Ngannou vs. Anthony Joshua live results: blow-by-blow updates, highlights and analysis

Francis Nagano begins his boxing career in a very difficult way. Next up is Anthony Joshua. (Photo by Richard Pelham/Getty Images)

Francis Naginno may have had the best loss a professional boxer has ever seen. Now he's got Anthony Joshua.

The former UFC heavyweight champion will face the former unified heavyweight champion in a 10-round bout on Friday in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, five months after Ngannou earned the respect of the boxing world with a split decision loss to WBC heavyweight champion Tyson Fury.

Ngannou entered that Fury bout as a heavy underdog against the champion — one promoter called the matchup “a disgrace” — but he distinguished himself from many MMA fighter-turned-boxers. A seasoned heavyweight contender. He knocked Fury down in the third round and had his name chanted in the final round.

The Cameroonian is again an underdog against Joshua, but a very close one +230 at BetMGM (He's +800 vs Fury).

Meanwhile, Joshua comes into this fight at an interesting point in his career. It's been 2 1/2 years since he lost his titles to Oleksandr Usyk and 18 months since falling in a rematch. He has won three in a row against Jermaine Franklin, Robert Helenius and Otto Wallin, but he may have to wait a while if he ever wants another title shot. For now, he's getting boxing's newest rising star in Nagano and the paycheck that comes with it.

The co-main event features an intriguing bout between WBO interim heavyweight champion Zhilei Zhang and Joseph Parker. WBC featherweight champion Rey Vargas faces undefeated prospect Nick Paul on the undercard.

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Follow our live blog below as the fighting in Saudi Arabia winds down:

Francis Ngannou vs. Anthony Joshua full card results, odds (start time 11 am ET, DAZN PPV)

Heavyweight: Anthony Joshua (-300) vs Francis Naginno (+240)
Heavyweight: Jie Zhang (-225) vs. Joseph Parker (+188)
Super Welterweight Championship: Israel Matrymov (-400) vs. Magomed Gurbanov (+300)
Featherweight Championship: Rey Vargas vs. Nick Paul
Lightweight: Gavin Quinn (-300) vs. Mark Chamberlain (+250)
Super Welterweight: Jack McCann (-275) vs. Louis Green (+225)
Heavyweight: Justice Huni (-500) vs. Kevin Lerena (+400)
Heavyweight: Andre Nowitzki (-2500) vs. Juan Torres (+1000)
Super Lightweight: Ziad Almayouf vs. Christian Lopez Flores
Heavyweight: Roman Fury (-1400) vs. Martin Schwarz (+1100)

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